GCHQ Mass Surveillance Unlawful

Saturday, 7 February, 2015 - 00:45

A judgement by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has deemed that the information intercepted in bulk by the NSA, and then used by GCHQ over a period of seven years, to be unlawful and a breach of human rights law. When GCHQ obtained data about British citizens from the NSA, it attempted to bypass protections within the UK legal system.

Although the judgement covers GCHQ's access to Prism/Upstream, it doesn't cover Tempora and other UK programmes of mass surveillance.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Time for Parliament to act on Mass Surveillance

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We hear all the time that the British public don't care about mass surveillance, privacy and Edward Snowden, but we know that's not true. It may be that those inside the Westminster bubble have been able to hide from how people really feel up to now, but it's time to change that.
It's time for members of Parliament to stand up, be counted, and support our freedoms.

We are asking you to contact your Member of Parliament to ask them to support Early Day Motion 147. It need not take long, the important thing is you tell them how you feel on this issue. Not all MPs can sign EDMs, front benchers don't as a rule, but it is still important that you take this opportunity to let them know you care about mass surveillance.

First hints of intelligence in surveillance debate

Thursday, 27 March, 2014 - 20:30

The Whitehouse has issued a statement from President Barack Obama regarding US meta-data collection programmes.  The statement makes it clear that the president has decided that the US government should not collect or hold this data in bulk as it is a privacy concern. 

The Day We Fight Back - 11th February 2014

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For months now Snowden's revelations have shown the true shocking extent of massive state surveillance. Much of the anger has rightly focused on the United States and the NSA. But as Edward Snowden put it, the UK and GCHQ "has a big dog in this fight" too.

Amongst what we've found out is the mass and indiscriminate collection of email, phone calls, website visits, facebook posts and tweets.  The breaking into, tapping of and collaboration with large corporations such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Where there are laws surrounding the collection of these data which would prohibit our security services from collecting them, the collection was deliberately handed off to a foreign power not covered by those laws.

The talks surrounding the delegation of powers to the UK's security services which were abandoned last year were a farce; it was merely an attempt to legalise what was already happening, not a real discussion on the reality of surveillance.

Spy Agencies Target Address Books

Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 - 23:45

The NSA is collecting and storing millions of address books from individuals across the world, according to senior intelligence officials and the top-secret NSA documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

GCHQ : Mastering the Internet

Friday, 21 June, 2013 - 18:30

The Guardian has reported that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), collects and stores vast quantities of global communications via taps on the fibre-optic cables that carry data between the US and Europe. This reportedly includes the collection of email messages, social media traffic, telephone calls and other data. GCHQ shares this collected information with the US. This programme appears to be separate and more extensive than the recently exposed PRISM programme run by the NSA.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

NSA Whistleblower Steps Forward - Are We Willing To Trade Freedom For Comfort?

Sunday, 9 June, 2013 - 21:00

The identity of the whistleblower behind the largest intelligence leak in the NSA's history has been released together with a video interview credited to Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras. In the video, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Systems analyst explains his motivations, intentions and the risks he now faces.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

The Day We Fight Back

Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 16:00

On the anniversary of Aaron Swartz's tragic passing, leading Internet groups and online platforms have engaged in a day of activism against surveillance.

The Pirate Party joined the broad coalition to highlight issues surrounding NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance regimes.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"We're often told that the British public at large doesn't really care about the issue of mass surveillance. But the Westminster crowd should not mistake their own inability or unwillingness to act for a wider apathy."